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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Aldridge

Description: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 11 August 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 219082

OS Grid Reference: SK0601400735
OS Grid Coordinates: 406014, 300735
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6044, -1.9126

Location: The Green, Aldridge, Walsall WS9 9DB

Locality: Aldridge
County: Walsall
Country: England
Postcode: WS9 9DB

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Listing Text

5/42 Church of St Mary The Virgin
(formerly listed under
11.08.51 Aldridge UD)
Church. C14, with south aisle of 1841. Extensively restored 1852-3 by
Salvin, when the north aisle and chancel were rebuilt. South vestry
added 1975. Red sandstone, with some limestone rubble exposed in tower.
Tile roof. Comprises a west tower, nave, north aisle under pitched roof,
south aisle, and lower chancel. The tower has diagonal buttresses, three
string courses, and an embattled parapet. The openings have straight-sided
pointed arches. The bell openings each have a mullion and transom. The
west window is of two lights with flowing tracery. The west doorway is
moulded with crocketed hood and head stops. The south aisle is of five
bays, the windows pointed and having flowing tracery of various descriptions.
The gabled porch, at the left, has a pointed outer arch with attached columns
as responds. The north aisle is of five bays separated by buttresses and has
2-light windows. The east window is of three-lights with flowing tracery.
Interior: four-bay nave arcades, with further bay on north side opening into
chancel. Northern arches of sandstone, 4-centred, and chamfered in two
orders. Piers octagonal with capitals. South arcade similar, but plastered
except for the west bay. The pointed tower arch is chamfered in two orders.
Nave roof has queen-post trusses with a central strut and with V-struts above
the collar. The east bay of the nave has a collar-rafter roof and the chancel
has bolted softwood trusses with arch-braced collars. Chancel has piscina,
and an early C14 effigy in an arched recess. A second defaced effigy of
similar date stands on a later stone base in the south aisle. Re-set on the
north wall of the north aisle are several C18 wall tablets. The timber pulpit
has carving in a Jacobean style, and at the west end of the south aisle is a
bread cupboard dated: "TP 1694". Windows contain late C19 glass. One window
in the south aisle dated 1865, by Powell. (BoE, Staffs, p 53; Gould, J:
"Observations at Aldridge Church, Staffs", South Staffordshire Archaeological
and Historical Society Transactions, 1975, pp 47-52).

Listing NGR: SK0601400735

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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